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I Have a Dysfunctional Family

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    Oh dear where do i start?

    We don't talk to each other not much any way, and the only thing that brings us to gether is TV. We don't look after each other, we don't chat with each other talking but not chatting, My big brothers and i are like complete strangers I have no clue how old they are and I am...
    comlpicatedguy comlpicatedguy 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 8

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    An Isolated Childhood

    Please don't fall asleep, this is the short version. It is a story that I hope explains why you should never hold someone you love to tightly for you may cause permanent irreparable damage. Okay, deep sigh, here is my story. I am the youngest of 3 siblings and thinking about it...
    angelgenie angelgenie 26-30 22 Responses Jun 13, 2008

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    I am picked up from work

    and we go to my nieces birthday party and I get out of my bad work mood by being silly. I play with the kids and then my sister leaves for an hour to pick up cake. She comes back forgetting the candles and yet has an entire case of wine she remembered. She begins complaining...
    honestlyanonymouslyme honestlyanonymouslyme 22-25, F Jun 3

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    My both of my parents are deceased.

    They had a horrible marriage. My father married my mother because she was pretty and my mother married my father because he had a nice job. They had a bitter divorce and the whole kid thing was sorta confusing. They both passed away in the last 18 months ---I knew more...
    robertsnj robertsnj 46-50, M 2 Responses Nov 20, 2014

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    Happy Father's Day. The awkward,

    emotional day when my mother makes us but several cards for all of our past 'father figures'. So basically every ex boyfriend, husband, or lover of hers that my sisters and I have met over the last ten years.
    antihero98 antihero98 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 21

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    My mother is illogical

    and irrational. She is beyond nosy and loves to eavesdrop on everyone else's private conversations. She is an authoritarian type who enjoys criticizing and belittling others, and constantly jumps to conclusions that have absolutely no basis in reality. For her, the only...
    justsharing justsharing 56-60, F 3 Responses Nov 1, 2014

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    Just wanted to thank my parents

    for never signing me up for swim lessons as a child and now I can't take a decent vacation as an adult. Also wanted to thank them for never teaching me how to skate, ski, or snowboard. I can't have fun as an adult now. I've attempted to learn all these things as an adult and...
    rballa rballa 31-35, F 2 Responses Jun 17

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    I Am Not...

    I am not your punching bag, your inferior, or your animal. I am not made of stone, I have feelings and I don't forget. Things could have been so much more, If you only would have let it. You were my role model, my friend, and my everything. Well you had to go and **** that up...
    Canadian45 Canadian45 22-25 1 Response Nov 15, 2012

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    I'm amazed that family is still

    even together. I really envy my brother and sister who have already moved out. my dad is a perfectionist with anger, trust AND control issues, and my mom is emotional and submissive. my dad ALWAYS points out the flaws in others, and always blames others for something that goes...
    Azeazal Azeazal 16-17, M 2 Responses Jun 29

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    My husband's fam is Nuts,

    man! Bunch of looney tunes...i cant even lmao
    Contrarthodox Contrarthodox 26-30, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    Normal

    Funny how I view dysfunction as "normal" until I see what a normal life actually is. Sometimes my family reminds me of a bunch of string, tied together tighter then what is comfortable. I'm the stray piece trying to cut myself loose, but alas, a piece of string has no hands...
    RunningBlue RunningBlue 18-21, F 2 Responses May 26, 2011

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    It's just what it is.

    A family you can never bind together cuz of pride, hate, envy and so much things going on. Just like that.
    DarkSoul07 DarkSoul07 22-25, F Apr 11, 2014

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    I don't know how the **** I'm related to some

    people in my family. Everybody knows how pissed and angry I get when a very sensitive subject is brought up in front of me. For the past 5 years I have asked them and even begged please don't bring it up it just hurts me and really ****** me off and they do it anyways. It's like...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jun 2

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    I can't stop wondering about the way my parents

    treats me so unfair . They love my brother more than me even now as an adult they still treat him like a kid ! He's married and have kids and they still make sure that he ate , slept , got enough money and everything is going very well for him . It's not a bad thing I guess...
    Yumiii Yumiii 22-25, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I'm gona be honest here.

    ... this morning my mom came in my room and she said "I'm leaving and I'm never coming back". at first I thought it was a dream, then later that day, she said in sorry for what I said this morning, and I asked her what she said, and she said never mind. I'm worried....
    Azeazal Azeazal 16-17, M 3 Responses Jul 19

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    Morbid confession. Sometimes

    when I meet new people and they ask about my family, I just say they're no longer with us. It's easier than having to talk about them.
    rballa rballa 31-35, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    I Am Tired Of The Hell That My Family Has Bestowed On Me!!!

    Growing up I had no idea what a normal family was like. I wasn't even aware that mine was abnormal as we were sheltered and I didn't have a frame of reference.  All I knew was that I was unhappy and that it seemed no one got along.  I also knew that my parents argued, nagged...
    lagatta lagatta 41-45, F 7 Responses May 27, 2013

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    My Name is ****** ******.

    I'm 14 and My mother has Personality Disorder (PD) and my father has Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Both my parents are also alcoholics along with their parents. My mother kicked me out of the house when I was twelve and now lies about doing so, my parent's sisters are...
    sophieharperlee sophieharperlee 18-21, F Jul 24

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    It's Father's Day and I feel obligated to call

    him and wish him a happy Father's Day. Not because I think he deserves it.
    rballa rballa 31-35, F 1 Response Jun 21

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    Ok so I guess I've always had a dysfunctional

    family. Always lots of shouting, screaming, throwing played etc. I used to cry in my bedroom everyday and night because my parents had a terrible marriage. My brother had it better than I did though. I'll use the word "him" to represent my "dad". Me and him used to emotionally...
    Idgaf15 Idgaf15 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 18

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    I can't handle my sisters sometimes.

    I can't handle family gatherings. I just can't handle this anymore.
    laurenphoenix laurenphoenix 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 4

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    TellySR TellySR 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 7, 2014

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    I always knew my family was all kinds of ******

    up but I found something out recently that left me angrier and more repulsed than ever. My aunt could never have kids and for years I thought she just had fertility problems. Turns out my grandfather raped her so much when she was younger that it completely damaged her uterine...
    psychh psychh 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 24

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    After my father left

    when I was two, I was raised by the women on my mother's side of the family, namely my mother, grandmother, and aunt. I could say all kinds of things about my experiences growing up with them. I idolized them all. My grandmother was safe and fun, my aunt silly and playful, my...
    DeGustibus DeGustibus 26-30, M 2 Responses Jul 23

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    I Wounder why I was born into my family,

    can they never get together without me having to break up fights at 4am every day? can we never just have a nice family holiday together, if that's too much then don't come I am sick and tired of all this ****. thank you dear family for ruining Christmas for the 5th year in a...
    anneloves anneloves 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 22, 2014

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    GlitzandGlamber GlitzandGlamber 18-21, F 10 Responses Jan 4

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    Whoever says they don't have a dysfunctional

    family is just lying to themselves.
    thatgirlkay thatgirlkay 22-25, F 5 Responses Apr 27, 2014

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    Am I over reacting? My husband cannot stop

    lying to me when it comes to things related to his family and I feel like I am not part of the family. Its taking a toll on me and the way I love him. About two years ago his brother, sister in law, my husband and I went on a trip to Colorado. For six months prior to that, we...
    Gammarays80 Gammarays80 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 22

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    YIs bad when your about to go on vacation in a

    less then minutes and you know for a fact its going to be miserable
    LoveNoteForARainyDay LoveNoteForARainyDay 16-17, M 3 Responses Jul 6

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    Found out that my mom has $22,

    000 dollars out of the $150,000 from my dad's insurance since he got hit by a car in the 90s. The little she has she'll use towards her retirement. She admitted to her friend that with his money she bought a new car. I know she also spent his money on gambling, buying clothes for...
    XxLionHeartxX XxLionHeartxX 18-21 3 Responses Jun 26

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    Picture it mixture of the Osbournes,

    The Munsters, The Adams Family, now picture taking them to an Opera! yeah that about sums it up...lmao
    AngeleyesUponU AngeleyesUponU 41-45, F 4 Responses Jun 7

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    My mom and I were homeless.

    Mom was basically dying and I had dropped out of high school. And I was at my aunt's "house." My aunt told her boyfriend that I was a "gift" for him. So my mom called my dad and begged him to let me stay with him so that I could finish high school and not be homeless and...
    Acebo Acebo 18-21, F 11 Responses Aug 10, 2014

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    Violetoreo Violetoreo 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 3

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    My Parents Are Both Dead Now

    And finally I can stop denying how appallingly they treated me my whole life. My mother rejected and ranted and raged at me, my father ignored and avoided and dismissed me. There was no love, there was no attention, there was no contact or intimacy . . .and for years I was sure...
    dispossessed dispossessed 46-50, F 5 Responses Nov 22, 2013

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    So for many of those whom may have already

    noticed or will eventually. I am not one for normal family lifestyles or relations.. However! With that said, despite my love for the taboo I do not enjoy when people engage topics involving my Mother or Sisters... They are both an extremely quick turn off and mood killer for me...
    TheCuddlySuccubi TheCuddlySuccubi 22-25, F 3 Responses Jun 22

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    You Are Not Alone, Take My Advice And Just Walk Away.

    My mother is the definition of pure evil. She let me know at an early age that she hated me. She beat me mercilessly for no reason, has knocked teeth out of my mouth when I was 12, refusing to replace it. Denied me basic necessities, that heaven that I have an aunt who has...
    Amnestic Amnestic 26-30, F 3 Responses Apr 3, 2010

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    If there's one thing I'm always jealous about

    other people is them having a happy family.
    gwenllian gwenllian 26-30, F 6 Responses Sep 20, 2014

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    I am in the midst of writing a book about my

    dysfunctional family and I have a strong feeling it could be a best seller simply because of all that it encompasses. It's like an entire season of Jerry Springer which is a comical way to look at it but it's also painfully trivializing to say those two things are analogous. I...
    KelseyLeigh123 KelseyLeigh123 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 2, 2014

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    Apparently my first cousin moved into the same

    town as my family. We only found out because my uncle decided to tell my father that my cousin had a baby. Apparently my uncle is scared my father might actually talk to his niece. What a crime that would be. My brother is the same way, he no longer talks to anyone from my...
    Kingshelman Kingshelman 31-35, M 2 Responses Dec 31, 2014

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    that I am the mum so it is my responsibility

    but I struggle to stay responsible and feel I lack control but I hate being controlled so who am I to control them
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jul 22

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    kico4 kico4 16-17, F 3 Responses Jun 20

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    If I never seen any of them

    for the rest of my life not including my Gma, I wouldn't care.
    LikeAPrayer LikeAPrayer 18-21, F Jun 3, 2014

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    so many issues at our house.

    any of you have sociopathic grown children?
    recalculator recalculator 51-55, F Jul 19

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    we all hear(or even have stories of our own!

    )of crazy, dysfunctional families. I always thought my family was relatively normal with a few issues until today. I honestly don't know what is going on with them. We are a family,but we could be a little closer. We were planning on having a reunion, I was asked for input, and...
    sweetiepoo sweetiepoo 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 14

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    So i'm in my PSY202 class

    and the more I read into it the more confirmation I have that my older sister has mental illness. She is neurotic, forgetful, lies, steals, manipulates. Our bond has been so stretched thin it is barely there, I don't know if she is receiving treatment which she should be. After...
    Sobixgirl Sobixgirl 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 16

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    I Have A Dysfunctional Family

    So here's my story. I grew up in a very emotionally abusive home. My dad who was a former alcoholic had rage and anger issues that would constantly spill out onto us, he would blame us for everything under the sun all the time. I just remembered being scared that I was going to...
    z4e71 z4e71 31-35, F Nov 19, 2013

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